Budget-friendly ways to enjoy the Calgary Stampede

Have fun at Calgary’s premier 10-day event with these money saving tips
Have fun at Calgary’s premier 10-day event with these money saving tips
Budget-conscious fun

Budget-friendly ways to enjoy the Calgary Stampede

Have fun at Calgary’s premier 10-day event with these money saving tips

Exploring the Calgary Stampede doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, it can cost you very little if you do a bit of planning ahead to make your budget work. While there are many top-tier experiences to be had at the event, there are plenty of ways for the cost-conscious Stampede attendee to enjoy The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth without breaking the bank. So dust off those cowboy boots, practice screaming Yahoo!, and follow these tips to get the most bang for your buck at The Calgary Stampede.

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BMO Kids Day at the Calgary Stampede.

BMO Kids Day at the Calgary Stampede.

Value days like BMO Kids Day are a great way to be budget conscious.

Value days like BMO Kids Day are a great way to be budget conscious.

Stampede savings: Park admission

Sneak-a-Peek night is also a great way to get in on the cheap with discounted admission (plus you get to enjoy the midway rides and games before the Stampede even officially begins).

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Weadickville at the Calgary Stampede.

Weadickville at the Calgary Stampede.

Stampede savings: Eats and treats

Bringing your own food or drink to the Stampede is the best way to visit on a budget. Having a refillable water bottle on hand lets you stay hydrated on those hot summer days, while having your own stash of granola bars and sandwiches means you won’t get hungry.

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The Coca-Cola Stage at the Calgary Stampede.

The Coca-Cola Stage at the Calgary Stampede.

Stampede savings: Music and entertainment

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Agriculture showcases at the Calgary Stampede.

Agriculture showcases at the Calgary Stampede.

Stampede savings: Animals and agriculture

Nestled in the urban centre of Calgary, it can be easy to forget about the Stampede’s roots as an exhibition for Alberta’s rich and storied agricultural background. Experience and interact with animals and agriculture through a variety of free demonstrations and western events.

At the Northern Lights arena, see the animals in action at the miniature horse and miniature donkey shows, revel in the skills of the traditional blacksmith competition and enjoy the vintage tractor pull.

Further in the agriculture buildings you can learn all about where your food comes from, meet all sort of country critters and see the giant draft horses that helped shape the foundation of the west.

There are also plenty of western competitions to cheer on at the Nutrien Western Event Centre such as the team cattle penning championships and the heavy horse pull competition.

Must-see: My most beloved animal moments are seeing the mama pig and all her little piglets on-site and watching the World Stock Dog competition herding sheep into an enclosure. It’s like Babe all over!

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The Dog Bowl at the Calgary Stampede.

The Dog Bowl at the Calgary Stampede.

The Monster Energy Compound at the Calgary Stampede.

The Monster Energy Compound at the Calgary Stampede.

Stampede savings: Shopping and shows

Must-have: A Stampede souvenir! Small trinkets like a cowbell or bandana can be an inexpensive memento to remember the Calgary Stampede by.

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The Elbow River Camp at the Calgary Stampede.

The Elbow River Camp at the Calgary Stampede.

Stampede savings: Park attractions

Must-do: If you decide to go for one ride on the midway, I suggest the WestJet Skyride as it takes you across most of Stampede Park and makes for some great photo ops. Make it a one-way trip to save on ride tickets.

As you can see, there are plenty of attractions, exhibits and shows to visit at the Calgary Stampede – without having to spend a lot either. There’s a little something for everyone to enjoy at the Stampede grounds. Be flexible, plan ahead and get ready to enjoy 10 of the best days that Calgary has to offer.

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By
Irene Seto
Irene Seto is a Calgary lifestyle blogger who adores all things local and homegrown, and loves to share those stories on her blog Mint & Heritage. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @heyseto.